The Boston cats

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The Boston cats
Additional title: A little cat played on a silver flute. [first line]
Additional title: If you get pay for the tunes you play. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Nonsense songs. The Boston cats. [uniform title]
Newcomb, Edgar Allan Poe (Composer)
Stevens, H. B. (Publisher)
Macy, Arthur (1842-1904) (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1890

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1890
Date Issued: 1890
Place: Boston
Publisher: H. B. Stevens & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Massachusetts State House (Boston, Mass.)
Sheet music
Content: Cover illustration shows two drawings, one of the old Massachusetts State House in Boston, and the other of two cats, one playing the flute, the other crying, while a sack of one thousand pounds (i.e. currency) is dangled in front of them, while a mirror and comb sit on the ground in front of them.
Ownership: CBS Inc.
Statement of responsibility: [words by] Arthur Macy ; [music by] Edgar A.P. Newcomb.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (5 p.) ; 28 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3cd15070-c58d-012f-2305-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1890: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The Boston cats" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890 - 1890.

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The Boston cats